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Books So Bad They're Good: A Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Summer in Badbookistan
'Tis summer, and time for a middle aged woman's fancies to turn to thoughts of bad books. Not only bad books, of course. I picked up several excellent books at Kalamazoo last week, two of which I'...
Ellid 05/23/2015 12
Teachers' Lounge: Jobs, interviewing for one, getting one
There are academic jobs out there, full-time ones even, and both temporary and tenure track ones. It is challenging to get one, but not impossible. Of course the competition is very fierce, and ...
annetteboardman 05/23/2015 3
Bernie Sanders and Minority Voters in Democratic Primaries
The 2008 Democratic presidential primaries were so fascinating to me on a number of fronts, demographically speaking. But the most fascinating thing that occurred in these primaries was how African-...
unapologeticliberal777 05/22/2015 34
Celebrating budget shortfalls
For the benefit of a national audience, Minnesota's Republicans won the state house in 2014. The Democrats hold the senate and we have a Democratic governor. The legislative session just ended ...
ericf 05/22/2015 4
Write On! Pacing
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
SensibleShoes 05/21/2015 103
HI-Sen: Brian Schatz (D) Fights Back Against Fast Tracking The TPA
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI), who has been an adamant opponent of the TPP, is now focusing on stopping the TPA:
poopdogcomedy 05/21/2015 3
That Michigan pastor who was outed on Grindr? He nearly shamed a gay teen into committing suicide
Tyler Kish recalls Pastor Matt Makela's heartless counseling Yesterday we covered Pastor Matt Makela, the anti-gay Michigan ...
Jen Hayden 05/21/2015 105
IL-Sen: Mark Kirk (R) Gets His Facts Wrong Regarding Nelson Mandela & South Africa's Nuclear Program
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R. IL) has been pushing his Iran Sanctions Bill which would greatly undermine President Obama's negotiations with Iran: http://www.niacouncil.org/much-more-is-needed-from-...
poopdogcomedy 05/21/2015 3
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Driver, Follow That…Book!
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. It is necessary in ...
cfk 05/20/2015 142
Wonder What Bin Ladin Read in Bed?
Need to know what volumes were on Bin Ladin's bookshelf? Curious if his reading tastes were close to yours? Ever consider if what you read makes you who you are, or is who you are dictated by what ...
Limelite 05/20/2015 64
CA-Sen: Watch Kamala Harris (D) Rock The California Democratic Party Convention
Received this e-mail today from Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D. CA) U.S. Senate campaign:
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 8
Michigan/Motor City Kossacks Weekly Open Thread: Onwards to '16!
That's right! Ready or not, 2016 is coming! In the Detroit area, we already have three points of contact for two announced candidates. For Bernie Sanders: You'll want to contact Mike Witte - a ...
ezioaltair12 05/20/2015 7
MD-Sen: Donna Edwards (D) Goes After The Medicare Cuts In The TPP
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 6
Hellraisers Journal: Fifty Striking Chicago School Children Supporting Teamsters Arrested and Jailed
If they want to fight, let them come on. We will call out every member of our union rather than give up. -Teamster President Cornelius Shea `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
JayRaye 05/20/2015 3
WA-Gov & Sen: PPP Has Inslee (D) & Murray (D) Starting Off Looking Strong For Re-Election
Some good news today from PPP out of Washington: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/05/washington-voters-grow-further-in-support-of-gay-marriage-marijuana-background-checks....
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 4
WI-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D. OH) Helps Russ Feingold (D) Get Ready To Defeat Ron Johnson (R)
Received this e-mail from one of my favorite U.S. ...
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 3
Anti-gay pastor in Michigan resigns after–well, you can probably guess
Secret hypocritical double life? There's an app for that. Reverend Matthew Makela was recently listed on the St. John's Lutheran Church website as a devoted husband and father of five children. But,
Jen Hayden 05/20/2015 319
MO-Sen: Jason Kander (D) & VoteVets Push Congress To Give Veterans Free Access To Public Parks
Received this e-mail today from VoteVets and Secretary of State Jason Kander's (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign: I ...
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 2
CT-Sen: Richard Blumenthal (D) Keeps Up The Fight For Mandatory GMO Labeling
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D. CT): As a dad, it’s always been ...
poopdogcomedy 05/20/2015 2
A small but important detail
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee in Illinois unanimously passed HB 3552, which is an amendment to the Disposition of Remains Act which would allow transgender people to provide written ...
rserven 05/19/2015 10
Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: May's 3rd Tuesday & Salute to a Friend
So, here I am, racing another deadline, though I've had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about for at least a few days. As long as I've admired the work of poets I have the privilege ...
Kit RMP 05/19/2015 10
WI-Sen: Ron Johnson (R), 'I May Trust Ayatollah Over Obama On Details Of Iran Deal'
More words of insanity from one of the most vulnerable Tea Part U.S. Senators: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/senate-homeland-security-chairman-ayatollah-could-be-more-tr?utm_term=.
poopdogcomedy 05/19/2015 15
Hellraisers Journal: Mrs. Wells-Barnett Speaks at Chicago Meeting, Protests Race Prejudice in Strike
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Friday ...
JayRaye 05/19/2015 3
Michigan man charged for waterboarding a 5-year-old boy over a ripped backpack
Michael Porter is accused of torturing a 5-year-old. Today's candidate for worst person in the world is Michigan's Michael Porter, who waterboarded his girlfriend's 5-year-old son for ripping his ...
Jen Hayden 05/19/2015 33
Benghazi investigation to focus on memos from a longtime Clinton friend ... instead of Benghazi?
The unbelievable stupidity of the House Benghazi probe ...
Laura Clawson 05/19/2015 149
State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's emails to the public in January 2016
Laura Clawson 05/19/2015 22
Monday Murder Mystery: Debtors' prisons and 'The Devil in the Marshalsea'
Marshalsea Prison, 1773 Click to enlarge On June 1, 1729, William Acton, one-time butcher and deputy ...
Susan Grigsby 05/18/2015 8
Beauteous Maidens
The mainstay of fairy tales and most romances, feminine beauty in this sort of literature is usually raised to incredible (and incredulous) heights as synonymous with virtue, goodness and truth. In,
Karen Hedwig Backman 05/18/2015 3
Michigan smokers, drinkers paid twice as much in total taxes as its businesses did
Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Michigan has found a way to make up for some of its budget shortfall after cutting corporate taxes to the bone—just tax people who smoke and drink more! Chad ...
Kerry Eleveld 05/18/2015 35
PA-Sen: Uncovering Pat Toomey's (R) Newsletter, 5/15/15 Edition
Received this e-mail today from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign: For close to a year, we have ...
poopdogcomedy 05/18/2015 4
Must read economics books: On value and values
For a recent project, I’ve been researching organizations and values within organizations. I happened to come across On Value and Values by Douglas K. Smith because of the following quote: For ...
akadjian 05/18/2015 56
Illinois Legislators Face Backlash for Coal Mining Bill
Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight ...
Willinois 05/17/2015 4
Medieval Studies Rewind: I'm Still A Gal in Kalamazoo
Tonight, I come to you from the past. Partially this is due to where I am: the Kalamazoo Medieval Studies Congress at Western Michigan University. This annual conference, which brings together ...
Ellid 05/16/2015 17
An Approached to E. M. Forster
Or How Classical Liberals Became Socialists Disclaimer: I am one of those people who knows a little bit about a lot of stuff, but who is not an expert at anything. I hope you forgive me if I and ...
se portland 05/16/2015 3
Teachers' Lounge: Bullies
Almost all of us (probably all of us) have experienced bullying of one or more types in our lives. It comes from our "friends" (even those who often really are what we think of as friends), from ...
annetteboardman 05/16/2015 32
The Great Symmetry
My science fiction novel The Great Symmetry is now out in the world. The intro has a brief description of the book, while the main diary has some philosophy and personal observations. In the ...
James Wells 05/15/2015 45
Books in My Life--The Printed Word as Anodyne
Good morning, readers and book lovers! Guess what, we were going to have a good old American breakfast at the Country Kitchen down the road from where I live, but the line of people waiting to get ...
Diana in NoVa 05/15/2015 43
Write On! How to make time pass.
Hello, writers. One of the little tricks a writer has to learn is how to make time pass. In a story, that is. An author at a retreat I attended last year made a throwaway comment in conversation: “
SensibleShoes 05/14/2015 42
PA-Sen: Pat Toomey (R) Insists He's Not Holding Up A Judicial Nominee He's Holding Up
And so the ridiculous saga of the Tea Party U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the judicial nominee he recommended that he's delaying a vote for continues: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/13/
poopdogcomedy 05/14/2015 4
Self-publishing 101: The Kübler-Ross Stages of Editing
There are no gatekeepers any more. Your opus can be free in the world, its fate determined by merit and your skill and level of effort getting the word out. You can do this. Just be prepared to ...
James Wells 05/14/2015 33
WI-Sen: PCCC Wastes No Time Helping Russ Feingold (D) Get Ready To Defeat Ron Johnson (R)
Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold's (D. WI) comeback bid against Tea Party U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (...
poopdogcomedy 05/14/2015 7
Michigan/Motor City Kossacks Weekly Open Thread: Why "Giggles the Pig" Might be Flint's Next Mayor
ICYMI: "Giggles the Pig," a sow belonging to attorney Michael Ewing of Flint, has been put forth as a candidate for the mayoralty of Flint, Michigan. I'm all for political theater. But, really? A ...
peregrine kate 05/13/2015 17
PSA: Michigan Matters! Some Presidential Primary Opportunities
Ok, folks, this is gonna be pretty short, but damn if it won't be sweet. In case you haven't heard, two people from the Northeast are fighting over a spot for the Democratic nomination, and the ...
ezioaltair12 05/13/2015 5
Bookflurries-Bookchat: The Great Reading Quest
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. "Out of the night, ...
cfk 05/13/2015 104
Comedy: Politico claims Trey Gowdy 'hates being tagged as an ideologue'
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and other Benghazi Committee Republicans While we're waiting for House Benghazi Czar ...
Laura Clawson 05/13/2015 42
Michigan GOP moves to strip power of local governments to protect workers and the LGBT community
Originally posted at Eclectablog.com . Republicans have successfully branded themselves as the party that worships "local governmental control". They want federal regulations repealed and the power ...
Eclectablog 05/13/2015 11
Tesla Motors Starts Manufacturing Chain in Michigan
A few days ago Tesla Motors bought out an automobile supplier in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They purchased Riviera tool, a company just a door or two down from where I'm working these days. Teslas were ...
Muskegon Critic 05/12/2015 114
Spot In My Eye (Indigo Kalliope: Poems From the Left)
Spot in my eye, rolling in black water, fumbling for an object in a dark house. What I've seen past the spot might be better. Worrisome blind blur allows no ease. Pry-bar touches ribs, dig your ...
ruleoflaw 05/12/2015 5
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
In 1871, the most famous fire in American history swept across Chicago and destroyed much of the city. According to legend, the Great Chicago Fire was started when a cow owned by an Irish immigrant ...
Lenny Flank 05/12/2015 14
Barack Obama Presidential Library site chosen
While it has been generally known for the past two weeks, two sites near the University of Chicago will be considered for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. One of the sites identified was ...
annieli 05/12/2015 9
PA-Sen: Uncovering Pat Toomey's (R) Newsletter, 5/8/15 Edition
Received this e-mail from former Rep. Joe Sestak's (
poopdogcomedy 05/11/2015 1
House Benghazi czar still dragging his feet on Hillary Clinton's testimony
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Hillary Clinton is ready and willing to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. But Republican Benghazi Czar Trey Gowdy is now suggesting he's not ready to ...
Laura Clawson 05/11/2015 43
Chicago DUI Checkpoints Target Minority Areas
CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department has set up far more roadside sobriety checkpoints in minority communities in recent years than it has in predominantly white communities, a Chicago Tribune ...
Norm in Chicago 05/11/2015 22
Hellraisers Journal: Teamster Strike at "Fever Heat," death struggle between strikers & capitalists.
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Wednesday ...
JayRaye 05/10/2015 5

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